New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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1.12,1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of MARK GARZA
8 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, Oct.
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Arts & Entertainment 6A, 7A
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Birthday arf shes from the Horald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Marie M. Williams, Jonathan Rodriguez, Jessica Dominguez, Mark Garza, Yesenia Herrera, Elaine Smith, Cassie Espenoza (4 years!),
Isabel Rosales, Pete Gonzales,
Jr., Danny Ayala, Jr., Aaron-Anthony Ledmesma (6 years!), Joan Ruch, Sammy Tristan, Jr. (belated), Janet Kaderli, Susan Stehle, William D. Du Bois, Danny Schedy Mac McShay, Marga Friesenhahn, Luetta Gibson, Joe Guzman, Marion Johnson, Marjorie Knuepper, Hildegarde Welding. Happy Anniversary to Brett St Tammi Smith (8 years! Tuesday), Brandi St Ramon Young (belated, Sunday).
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Old Timor's Rodeo
The Comal County Sheriffs Posse is sponsoring an Old Timer’s Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo on Saturday Oct. 15 at 7:30 pm. at the Posse Arena, IH-3 5/Sol ms Road. Adults S3, children SI. Look for free tickets in the Sunday Oct. 9,1994, edition.
Late Dunlap Area VFD hosts BM and auction
The Lake Dunlap Aiea Volunteer Fire Department annual Barbecue and Mini Auction will be Oct. 15 from 3-7 p.m. at the River Bend Clubhouse. Auction will start tx 5 p.m. and raffle drawing will be at 7 p.m. Good prizes, arts St crafts, general store tables.
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The 51s Annual Guadalupe County Farm Bureau Roundup/Convention will be Sunday Oct 16 at the Seguin Guadalupe County Coliseum. Social tx 4 p.m.; dinner at 6 p m. Tickets $5 each purchased at Seguin Farm Bureau office, 205 E. Center. Keynote speaker Ned Meister, Texas Farm Bureau Commodity and Regulatory activities Director.
Mosaics Memorial sat
Hospice New Braunfels invites you to our Ninth Annual Memorial Service, Oct. 16,2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther St., New Braunfels.
Bats and owls to ba subject of program
Discover the world of bats and owls at the New Braunfels Parks St Recreation Department’s ‘Nature’s Way: Creature Features.” The program is for children ages 5 to 8 years and is set for Tuesday Oct. 25, from 4-5:30 p.m. at Picnic Area #4 in Landa Park. For information call (210) 608-2160.
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she asked how he would fed if his daughter came to him with the same story. Reimer impended that he would be ashamed. As he later put it to Glamour.‘a my daughter told me that she went out with somebody through a dating service... and then two hours later invited him into bed with her, I would be ashamed of her! I’m sorry — I would! My daughter wouldn’t act that way.’”
Weinman’s anger was renewed when she read Reimcr’s comments. “I am extremely, extremely fed up with his dander of my nature It has to stop,” foe saki Reimer insisted he has a strong track record of prosecuting sexual adults, but that foe Weinman case is unfounded HS He pointed out fort the case has now been investigated by three New Braunfels police officers, and that all
three have determined the case to be unfounded
Weinman recently attempted to get County Attorney Nsfoan Rheinlander to prosecute the case.
However, before he could take the case, Reimer would have to appoint bim as a special prosecutor, since Rhciniinder does not have authority to prosecute felonies. And before Reimer would appoint Rheinlander, he said the investigating officer would have to change his determination that the rape report was unfounded.
That did not happen. Reimer supplied the Herald-Zeiiung with a letter to Rheinlander from a New Braunfels police officer. Reimer blacked out foe name of foe officer, and asked that it not be published. The officer’s letter concludes: ”1 was taught at an early age fort it is better to let IO guilty men go free than to convict one innocent man. I cannot, with a clear conscience, recommend that... (the suspect) be prosecuted I believe my office is the first crossroads in one’s tong journey to con
viction. I suggest that.. (the suspect) be allowed to end that journey here and now, because that is what I truly feel is right.”
Asked why he thought Weinman would spend IO months contacting victim’s rights organizations, politicians, the media and others, trying to get the case prosecuted Reimer said ‘‘Attention from the press — it puts a bright light on an otherwise deservedly obscure life.”
Reimer pointed out what he called several inconsistencies in Weinman’s story. ‘‘She tells a different story to every person she talks to. The more she talks, the more she discredits herself,” Reimer said “She lied to officers on multiple occasions ...I have absolute proof in writing from three officers that this is onfourided It is not fair to stir all of this up because this woman bas an obsession.” As for Weinman, she shows no signs of giving up her fight “I am BUI Reimer’s worst nightmare,” she said. “I am like Freddy Krueger. Every time he thinks things have calmed down, I’m back”
Governor’s Law Enforcement Truth Squad was a no-show for Monday conference
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Ann Richards campaign personnel did not show up for an ll am. Monday news conference at the Comal County Courthouse steps The Governor’s Law Enforcement Truth Squad had been slated to hold a meeting on the courthouse steps to talk about what it calls ‘‘George W. Bush’s misrepresentation of the new penal code.”
Bufo is challenging incumbent Texas Governor Ann Richards for the state’s highest office to be decided on Nov. 8.
A spokesman from the Richards campaign
said the squad did not come to New Braunfels because of a personal emergency in one of the coordinator’s family.
‘‘I wart to apologize for the group not being able to be there,” John Hannah said.
Richards' squad consists of prosecutors, lawmakers, sheriffs, crime victims and rank and file police officers. They are traveling the state to offer a rebuttal to Bush’s attack on the penal code.
Many offenses that were categorized as felonies, such burglary of a vehicle and assault on a peace officer, are now misdemeanors under the new code. The changes went into effect Sept. I.
Growing numbers in special education cause need for more teachers
By CRAIG HAMMETT
NBPD fills last of three new positions
By TECLO J. GARCIA
The New Braunfels Police Department filled the last of three new police officer positions it was allotted in the 1994 budget In all the department hired five new officers, the other two were vacancies being filled. The last hire began work Monday.
‘‘They were not hired for a particular problem,” Chief of Police Dick Headon said'They will relieve some of foe pressure we’ve had We just picked them up to help out”
The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees approved new positions for special education to deal with an increasing number of students in the program.
The board approved by a 5-2 vote, (Douglas Kirk, Thomas Bruce opposed) the hiring of an additional speech pathologist, associate school psychologist, supervisor, adaptive PE teacher, and three special education assistants.
Richard Moore, in charge of all special education programs for the CISD, said a special ed program that numbered 560 in 1989-90 has grown to 1,073 already this year.
‘‘We're just having more kids come into the district who arc special ed,” said Moore. “This is not frills. It is personnel we do need.”
Federal or state monies fund special education programs in school districts. Finance Director Abel Campos said the state requires a district to spend at least 85 percent of the funds allocated.
The new positions will be financed using state special education funds carried over from the 1993-94 school year, which must be spent this year or returned to the state.
“We’ve been growing at a rapid rate and have not spent foe money we should have spent,” said Superintendent JeayJAqjoc.
The board also approved the hiring of a full-time truant officer and an additional GED teacher to deal with that program, and help with the dropout rate Campos said the district had about $135,000 in state funds that would cover expenditures for the positions.
Fire department emphasizing fire safety this month
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Imagine 100,000 homeless people roaming the streets of a city trying to find a place to sleep That's more than three times as many people living in New Braunfels walking through the streets of Chicago trying to find a place to sleep after one of the most horrific fires ever.
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is being used as a notice by firefighters nation-wide to promote National Fire Prevention Week and locally, Fire Prevention Month.
The New Braunfels Fire Department took a month instead of week to make citizens aware of fire prevention.
To help kick things off, Mayor Paul Fraser proclaimed this week as “Fire Prevention Week” in New Braunfels and New Braunfels fire fighters will give at least two or three demonstrations a day at area schools to get children involved.
“What we try to emphasize three different things, stop drop and roll, EDITH (exit drills in the home) and crawl low in smoke,” said Phillip Baka:, New Braunfels Fire Chief. “There have been many instances here those techniques saved injuries and even to the parent because kids take that stuff home with them ”
Keeping smoke detectors in good working order is one area of fire prevention the fire department wishes to stress.
The fire department recommends that residents change the battery in the smoke detectors once a year. They are trying to have residents change their batteries when they change their clock.
The department’s hope is that every time one moves the clock hands in the spring and fall they think about their smoke detector.
The department will do a free home inspection on request to check for possible fire hazards with winter just around the comer.
“We strongly recommend that all heating devices be cleaned by a reputable individual,” Fire Marshall Elroy Friesenhan.
The last fire related death in New Braunfels took place in September of 1991, but the last death to take place in an actual structure fire was on Christmas Eve 1989. The ‘91 death was a car fire suicideFor news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846